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  • 5/22/2012 11:25:00 AM
    By Local Outdoorsman Frank Zumpf Well, we haven’t had to worry about the rain cutting into our fishing—it’s been the wind.  It’s one thing to have a good walleye chop on the lake, but the whitecaps are too much. The walleyes have been slow.  They are still in the 10-12 foot depth on the outside of the weeds.&nb...
  • 5/22/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva has been improving daily.  The water temperature is starting to creep up and the fish are starting to become more active.  The lake is covered with green slime on the bottom which makes bottom fishing tough.  For the best success you want to fish 2-3 ft above bottom. Rock bass are starting to be very active in...
  • 5/22/2012 11:10:00 AM
    With the warmer weather, fishing on Delavan has been improving every day.  Most of the fish species have been very active. Northern pike action remains fair.  The fish are located in 6-7 ft of water.  The best approach is fishing small or medium suckers beneath a Thill big fish slip bobber. You want to position the bait a foot or tw...
  • 5/22/2012 11:00:00 AM
    Minocqua Area Fishing ReportBy Professional Guide Kurt Justice Despite some intense little storms that blew through on Sunday afternoon, the past week has been good if not a little windy. This strange spring continues to have its effect. Looks like in a lot of cases, crappies did not get to spawn. They seem to have missed their window of opportuni...
  • 5/22/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Photos sent from Jeff’s Guide Service in the Boulder Junction area show the fishing is picking up in the North Country. Jeff Winters targets numerous lakes in Vilas, Iron and Oneida Counties. Tim Sipes and Steve Grehn of Batavia, Illinois are showing off a few of the big slab crappies they caught May 20 using a jig-and-minnow w...
  • 5/18/2012 11:35:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Hi Folks. Fishing is moving right along and the second week is beginning to show us some distinct patterns. From a physical standpoint, fish seem to be in late-May form, but area lakes are more in line with opening week conditions. Water temps are trying to creep up. I’m seeing 60 in the morning and 65 at...
  • 5/18/2012 11:05:00 AM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; the local anglers are calling in and letting us know the fishing is good right now in the Bay. Northern’s have been biting along the Shoreline and anglers have been catching them in the shallows. Fishing right off the docks has been good and the Smallies are biting like crazy. Restaurants, Shops, C...
  • 5/18/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf, Local Outdoorsman Can you ask for better weather to go fishing?  The last week has been great.  The fishing has been good since the opener. The crappies have moved right into the wood and brush to spawn.  At one of my favorite spots, if you cast in the shallows next to the brush you’ll catch a bluegill. ...
  • 5/17/2012 12:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock The past couple weeks the game fish have been biting very well on the Stevens Point Flowage and I only expect it to get better. My clients have been catching fish with a 1/8 and 1/4 oz Jig and Minnow combination along with shallow-running crank baits next to new weed growth that came up the past week. With the ...
  • 5/17/2012 12:10:00 PM
    With water temperatures in the mid to upper 60's the bluegills are starting to show up in traditional spawning areas.  This is a great way to introduce kids into fishing.  When the gills show up at this time of the year and in such an abundance, the action can be non-stop for hours.  Most of the gills are holding in shallow water les...
  • 5/17/2012 11:45:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Wow!  The panfish action has been hot in the Phillips area and it's not limited to one body of water but on almost all area lakes. The Bluegill population seems to be at an all-time high and the size structure is good as well. It's nothing to catch a meal of 8 to 9.5 inch gills in the area right now. The gil...
  • 5/17/2012 10:50:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis A prime Wisconsin fishery cuts through the heart of Wisconsin on a lazy journey north and south near Stevens Point. From dam to dam, the river system here meanders 12 miles , is shrouded with the beauty and isolated cover of the north country and painted with the sand bars and sloughs that surrender the gamut of game fish that Wiscon...
  • 5/16/2012 3:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerkbait Hartigan The last few times I have been out on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Iron County the wind has made things difficult.  Walleyes seemed to have moved a little deeper with fish coming from 12 to 14 feet on river channels and drop offs.  Smallmouth have been active along shorelines with many coming on ...
  • 5/15/2012 11:15:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice After an opening weekend of rough weather, the rest of the season has been very nice and stable.  Gradually warming temps have been great.  The warm water temps does seem to have messed up the spawning cycle of some fish though.  Just because the calendar says mid May, your next trip out you might ...
  • 5/15/2012 10:55:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I am starting to get some good fishing reports.  The Wisconsin River is still high but the fish are biting.  I had a nice report of an 8 pound 2 ounce walleye taken on a live nightcrawler on the river.  You need to find where side streams enter into the river and target fish holding out of the strong current.&n...
  • 5/14/2012 3:35:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Well, the opener is finally here and beautiful weather has arrived with it.  This last week I was out four times and did good most of the time.  Opening day we limited out on walleyes on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage with most of the fish coming off edges of the river channel in 7...
  • 5/14/2012 3:20:00 PM
    The Ashland area fishing is very good for multiple species according to anglers.  Northerns have been biting along the Ashland shoreline with anglers catching them in the shallows. Bass are also staging in the shallows right now and smallies can be found in Sand Cut as well as other areas in the Bay. River Rock Inn and Bait Shop report the 20...
  • 5/14/2012 2:55:00 PM
    White bass are biting “GANG BUSTERS” on the Wolf River, according to expert Wisconsin angler John Faucher, owner of Johnny’s Little House of Bait in New London. Also of note is the fabulous catfishing. “They are literally everywhere,” said Faucher. Even behind the bait shop. A number of folks have fished with me here ...
  • 5/14/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Even though the spring has been exceptionally warm, the water temperature hasn’t increased yet.  Currently the lake is fishing exactly like it would in a normal year, where March wasn’t 70-80 degrees. Rock bass are pretty much everywhere in 6-7 ft of water.  The best location is Belvidere Park and by Knollwood.  The best...
  • 5/14/2012 2:40:00 PM
    With the cool nights, the water temperature hasn’t come up much.  It is very typical for this time of year.  The bluegills are shallow and the bass are cruising in 2-3 ft of water. The best bluegill action is in 2-3 ft of water in the channels.  They can be caught on slip bobbers with a small ice jig.  The best location i...
  • 5/14/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By John Luthens I heard somewhere, or maybe I read it in a DNR publication, that every lake in the state must have at least one point of public access.  Being a lazy journalist, I decided to not even check the facts.  Because even if it is not true, I think it should be.  Every fisherman should have a good boat landing. I’m n...
  • 5/14/2012 2:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The Crappie action is slowing a little but good numbers are still being found.  Bluegill are really turning on with some really nice size fish being caught. The gills are really shallow and hitting just about anything that you throw at them. I have been using Wax worms on a plain hook about a foot under a fl...
  • 5/14/2012 10:15:00 AM
    This past week has been very good for limit catches of crappies. We have been catching most of our fish in 12 to 14 feet of water on slip bobbers rigs baited up with small minnows. We have also been seeing some fish in the shallow bays and are catching a fair amount of nice crappies in 1 to 3 feet of water as well. The walleye bite is going strong...
  • 5/10/2012 1:00:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass A long way up the river I pulled my fly rod from the canoe and set to casting for trout. It’s a family tradition that we come here for the Wisconsin fishing opener. It’s a long paddle up the White River, but usually the effort is rewarded with some trout, most times German browns. Sometimes it’s brook trou...
  • 5/9/2012 4:30:00 PM
    This year, spring in most of Wisconsin has been a “roller coast” ride with record warm temperatures in March and then a cooling and more normal month of April. The record weather in March got fish spawning much earlier than normal, birds migrating north weeks a head of schedule, flowers and trees budding and emerging weeks early, and we...